The Tennessee Vols are one of seven programs still in the mix to land 2023 three-star wide receiver Nathan Leacock.

Leacock revealed his top seven schools on Monday and he included Tennessee, along with Florida, Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Leacock, 6-foot-3/200 lbs from Raleigh, NC (Millbrook), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 74 wide receiver in the country and the No. 19 player in the state of North Carolina.

The three-star recruit took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend, where he was able to connect more with wide receivers coach Kelsey Pope (whom he is close with) and five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava, the Vols’ top 2023 commit.

Leacock and Iamaleava have connected before, so this past weekend was a chance for them to strengthen their relationship.

It seems like Tennessee is in a pretty good spot for Leacock, a wide receiver who is probably a bit underrated by the recruiting services. He has good size and SEC speed (he ran a 4.45 at an NC State camp last summer). And his offer list is impressive (that’s always the true sign of how a recruit is viewed by major programs). There’s a chance he gets elevated to four-star status with further evaluation.

The Vols quickly proved last season under new head coach Josh Heupel that the program can develop wide receivers at a high level. Velus Jones Jr went from not being on the draft radar to being selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. And Cedric Tillman went from a barely used wide receiver to having the fourth-best season ever by a Tennessee wide receiver (1,081 receiving yards last season). It’s easy to see why wide receivers are eager to play for Heupel and the Volunteers.

Leacock could commit as early as next month, so we’ll keep an eye on his commitment plans in the coming weeks.

The Vols currently have 12 players committed to its 2023 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 13 in the nation.

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